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Party like a rock star

Now your chest can sport that winning Sheen

Hey, Charlie Sheen’s currently on tour! Didja snag a shirt?

Actually, I have no idea if he’s selling them, but given the actor’s mammoth appetite for nose candy, I’m betting there are, plus hats and thongs and baby bibs and merkins. 

If he’s not coming to your town — and if you have of-age, easily impressionable daughters, thank your lucky stars he’s not — you can still get your Sheen on, courtesy of a new line of legit tees from ROCKWORLDEAST. (Yeah, that’s the official company name, in all caps, somewhat akin to your dad bursting in your room for the fourth time and yelling at you to get your ass outta bed, you lazy slug.)

From tiger blood and Adonis DNA to Sober Valley Lodge, you can take your pick among a select mix of Sheen’s recent crazy-talk catchphrases to adorn your chest. We checked out two, both emblazoned with the former “Two and a Half Men” star’s mug: One was titled with the simple, straightfoward credo of “WINNING”; the other, decidedly more bold, with “FUCKING BRILLIANT!,” made all the more powerful with the image of a Sheen fist pump.

The only bad thing about both these designs is that they’re only available in black. Although Wesley Snipes forever won my moviegoer heart by warning his enemy, “Always bet on black!” in “Passenger 57,” that’s a color that just doesn’t jive with my “winning,” guy-next-door personality. To put it another way, I’ve never bought a thing at Hot Topic. Plus, black soaks up the sun like Sheen does booger sugar, and with Oklahoma summers being what they are, that’s a recipe for unconsciousness.

I took home the “WINNING” one to my teenage son, who found it cool. (Not that he actually spoke to me to express, y’know, something resembling actual human emotion — I just know he found it cool because he immediately whipped out his phone to snap a photo, which he then uploaded to Facebook.)

I overheard him ask his mom, “Hey, what’s the deal with Charlie Sheen, anyway?” which makes me kinda proud. (But note to self: Dig out my “Hot Shots!” and “Hot Shots! Part Deux” DVDs to prove to him that Charlie used to deliver punch lines, as opposed to living them.)

Not wishing to be divorced, I chose to leave the “FUCKING BRILLIANT!” shirt at work, where our photographer Mark admired it — so lovingly, in fact, that I allowed him to keep it.

“This will be great to mow the yard in,” he said.

Effing brilliant, I think. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 04.12.2011 3 years ago
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R&R Q&A with Dwight Little

The 'Tekken' director talks!

Based on the video game franchise, the live-action “Tekken” debuts Tuesday on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s directed by Dwight Little, whose work includes such films as “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” “Marked for Death” with Steven Seagal, “Rapid Fire” with Brandon Lee, “Murder at 1600” with Wesley Snipes and “The Phantom of the Opera” with Robert Englund.

R&R: It’s been a while since you’ve done a feature film. You’ve been working a lot in TV, so why “Tekken”? What brought you back?

Little: It was a chance to re-collaborate with Alan McElroy, the screenwriter, who I did "Halloween 4" and "Rapid Fire" with, and he and I have a great, common creative interest and rapport. I thought the “Tekken” world was a great platform for a martial arts movie. I had some success with "Marked for Death" and "Rapid Fire," and it looked like it was in my area of expertise.

R&R: Were you familiar with the games?

Little: Only in sort of a passing way. I wasn't like a hardcore player, but my two boys are into it, so I get into vicariously. There was a mythology about the family and the Tekken corporation I got inspired by, like you get inspired by a short story or a novel. I also love the ever-changing, interactive fight designs — those were so visually interesting to me. I thought it'd be a way to freshen up the genre of a martial arts action movie.

R&R: Did you approach it any different because it was a video game first?

Little: You look at the existing source material and find the thing that makes you passionate or gets you excited. I made the movie like I would make “Rocky” or “Gladiator” — the goal is to make a good movie, not a good video game. You have to commit to the characters to keep viewers actively committed to the story. Poppy visuals are not going to do it for 100 minutes. Alan and I said, "You know what? Jin and his devil wings, and the boxing kangaroo — let's leave that for a CGI or an anime movie. Let's leave these heavy supernatural items on the table."

R&R: Obviously, you were invested in it, so are you disappointed its theatrical release was so small?

Little: Sure, but that reflects the world we live in. This movie, made 10 years ago, obviously would have been released on 2,000 screens. To market and release a movie now nationally is a $35-to-$40-million commitment in marketing. “Iron Man” and those movies can support that, but there's only seven distributors now, effectively. The way that smaller movies come to the marketplace in an era of a digital world — it's exactly the same as the music business. Our world is changing so fast, but “Tekken” will be platformed on Blu-ray, on Redbox, on iTunes, on VOD and Netflix and pay-per-view, and that's how movies go into the world unless it's Warner Bros. and they have that massive marketing muscle. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 07.15.2011 3 years ago
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Blade Anime

The vampire hunter gets a toothless treatment.


Rod Lott
I love the character of Blade. I love the Blade comic books, starting with his debut in Marvel's Tomb of Dracula in the 1970s. I love all three Blade movies — yes, including that third one. Hell, I even love the short-lived Blade series Spike TV aired in 2006.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012